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Monday, 26 January 2015

*Read aloud/Caudill nominee Ungifted by Gordan Korman 

*Complex sentence application

*New root word introduction: ject/jet = to throw

*Homework: read "The Emperor's New Clothes" pg. 344 in literature book keeping in mind the word pride: how does it apply to this story?


Friday, 23 January 2015

*Application: compound sentences and chron/temp root words

*Complex sentence introduction

*Finished word connotation activity

*Read "The Fox and the Crow" pg. 371 in literature book; students were instructed to keep the word and denotation of "pride" in their minds while reading


Thursday, 22 January 2015 - Reading MAP Testing

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

*Chron/temp anachronism worksheet

*Connotation vs. Denotation lesson with group activity focusing on positive and negative connotations of words

*Reading MAP test tomorrow - bring something to work on when finished!


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

*MLK Jr. inspirationsal quotes and reflection in writing journal

*Snow day article (with compound sentence activity)

*New root word: chron/temp = time

*Brief introduction to lesson on word connotation vs. denotation


Friday, 16 January 2015

*Idiom of the week: "Beat Around the Bush"

*Compound sentences

*SCOPE article critical thinking questions partner and whole-class discussion


Thursday, 15 January 2015

*Flam/Pryo root word activity

*Checked compound sentence homework

*Compound & simple sentence practice with partner (students' choice)

*SCOPE article on fame: LA 1 needs to answer critical thinking questions for homework; LA 2 & 3 do not have homework in regards to the article


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

*Compound sentences; homework: Fanboys compound sentence practice sheet due tomorrow

*Checked root word homework, verified definitions of new words

*"Does Fame Make You Crazy?" Scolastic SCOPE article read in class followed a discussion on fame word association activity


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

*Writing journal warm-up: Who would you go out to eat with?

*Simple sentence practice

*New root word: Flam/Pyro = Fire; homework is to finish looking up definitions of new vocabulary words for tomorrow

*LRC for book checkout/silent reading time


Monday, 12 January 2015

*Finished movie

*Group analysis activity comparing and contrasting the Watsons book and movie

*Sentence structure introduction: simple and compound sentences


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

*Watched The Watsons Go to Birmingham movie (rated PG)


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

*Discussed Ch. 14-epilogue questions

*Played Watsons Jeopardy review game

*Watsons essay question distributed in preparation for test tomorrow; students may get started to organize ideas, but it is NOT homework to complete - class time will be provided

*Watsons final comprehension and vocabulary test tomorrow!


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

*Group meeting Watsons Ch. 11-13

*Read Ch. 14 - end in class

*Homework: Complete questions and activity for Ch. 14- epilogue for tomorrow

*Watsons study guide distributed; Watsons comprehension and vocabulary test Thursday!


Monday, 15 December 2014

*Discussed Ch. 10 questions and imagery activity

*Watsons comprehension quiz Ch. 6-10

*Read Ch. 11-13 in class

*Homework: Finish reading Ch. 13 and complete questions and symbolism/personification activity for CH. 11-13 for tomorrow


Friday, 12 December 2014

*Group Meeting Ch. 8-9

*Read Ch. 10 together in group

*Ch. 10 questions and imagery activity due Monday!


Thursday, 11 December 2014

*Checked vocabulary crossword homework

*Vocabulary Quiz on Ch. 1-8

*Vocabulary Ch. 9-end chart completed in class

*Read Ch. 8 in class

*Homework: Read and annotate Ch. 9 for tomorrow


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

*Ch. 7 questions and activities were completed in class

*Group Meeting Ch. 6-7

*Music Critique of song mentioned in story: "Yakety Yak," "Under the Boardwalk," and "Straighten Up and Fly Right"

*LRC book check out

*Homework: Vocabulary crossword puzzle Ch. 1-8 due tomorrow; Vocabulary Quiz on Ch. 1-8 tomorrow!


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

*Discuss Ch. 5 questions and activity

*Quiz on Watsons Ch. 1-5

*Read Ch. 6 in class

*Ch. 6 questions and characterization activity started in class, may need to be finished at home

*Homework: Read and annotate Ch. 7 for tomorrow

*Vocabulary Quiz on Ch. 1-8 on Thursday (review coming tomorrow)


Monday, 8 December 2014

*Discussed signposts from Ch. 1-4

*Group meeting Ch. 3-4

*Read Ch. 5 

*Homework: Finish reading Ch. 5 (Watsons) and complete the questions and activities for Ch.5; Comprehension Quiz on Ch. 1-5 tomorrow


Friday, 5 December 2014

*Read Watsons Ch. 4 in class

*Class time given to work on questions and activities (flashbacks/memory moments and similes) for Ch. 3-4; if not finished in class, the assignments are due Monday

*Notice and Note Signpost annotations collection within group from Ch. 1-4, to be continued Monday...


Thursday, 4 December 2014

*Read Watsons Ch. 2 in class

*Completed questions and activity for Ch. 2

*Group Meeting Guidelines

*Group meeting to discuss Ch. 1-2

*Homework: Read and annotate Watsons Ch. 3 for tomorrow


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

*Watsons vocabulary Ch. 1-9 - completed chart in class

*Began reading Watsons Ch. 1

*Homework: Finish reading Ch. 1, do questions, character activity, and writing prompt for Ch. 1 (sheet distributed in class); due tomorrow!


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

*Finished "Eyes on the Prize" video

*Civil Rights Events open-note quiz

*Began vocabulary for Ch. 1-9 in The Watsons Go to Birmingham


Monday, 1 December 2014

*Finish presentation

*"Eyes on the Prize" PBS documentary on the Civil Rights Era (1954-1965)

*Quiz on Major Civil Rights Events tomorrow (open note)


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

*Civil Rights Events presentations and note taking

Monday, 24 November 2014

*Civil Rights Event research in computer lab; Event presentation (so, project due) tomorrow!


Friday, 21 November 2014

*Civil Rights Research in computer lab; project due Tuesday 11/25


Thursday, 20 November 2014

*Root word quiz

*Introduction to mini-research project: Civil Rights Events Power Point; down load guidelines and example above; presentation due Tuesday 11/25

*Note-taking procedures


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

*"I Was Not Alone" questions and discussion

*"Separate But Not Equal" note-taking practice using article on segregation of schools

*Root word quiz TOMORROW!


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

*Root Word Quiz review sheets distributed; Root Word Quiz Thursday!

*"The Bridegroom" plot and comprehension quiz (non-retakeable)

*Homework: Read and annotate Rosa Parks Interview titled "I Was Not Alone" annotations due tomorrow.


Monday, 17 November 2014

*Socratic seminar self-reflection and class discussion

*"The Bridegroom" plot diagram was completed in class; open book/open note plot quiz tomorrow!


Friday, 14 November 2014

*Miss/Mitt activity

*Root word quiz on ped/pod, aqua/hydra, miss/mitt on Thursday, Nov. 20th; study guide distributed but is available for download above

*Socratic Seminar held on "The Bridegroom"


Thursday, 13 November 2014

*Run-on sentences

*"The Bridegroom" questions - preparation for tomorrow's Socratic seminar discussion; students had plenty of class time, but if they didn't get it done in class, they will need to finish tonight to be ready for tomorrow

*Socratic seminar expectations and evaluation explanation


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

*Run-on sentence correction

*"The Bridegroom" reading check (pop quiz)

*"The Bridegroom" - students are to reread story and annotate using the Note and Note Signposts and margin notes; time was given in class but students may need to finish at home

*LRC for book check out and silent reading


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

*Miss/Mitt activity

*Run-on sentence practice

*Annotating informational text lesson

*Annotated Russian Marriage Customs article in preparation for next literature unit and discussed annotations

*Homework: Students are to read (just read - no annotations at this point) "The Bridegroom" story that they received in class


Monday, 10 November 2014

*New root word: Miss/Mitt = to send

*Run-on sentence introduction

*Notice and Note Signpost review: "Again and Again" and "Memory Moment" *for LA 2 and LA 3 only, the homework is to finish the Memory Moment practice if you did not do so in class


Thursday, 6 November 2014

*Hidden Meanings

**Notice and Note literary text annotations unit: Memory Moments (MM): Why is this memory important? Example story: Hope was Here by Joan Bauer


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

*Book Fair

*Sentence Fragment practice

*Notice and Note literary text annotations unit: Again and Again (AA): Why does this keep coming up? Example story: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

*Fall Conference Survey completed by students

*Sentence fragments practice

*Wise Words literary annotation practice

*Book Fair trip tomorrow! Students can make purchases!


Monday, 3 November 2014

*Writing journal warm-up: "GIST" Summary

*Sentence fragment introduction and practice; homework: "Not the Whole Picture" worksheet due tomorrow

*Tough Questions signpost review


Friday, 31 October 2014

*Aqua/Hydro root word application activity: "Tanks A Lot"

*Listened to the original 1940s radio play "The Hitchhiker" while following along in literature book


Thursday, 30 October 2014

*Halloween logic

*Idiom of the week: "On the Same Page"

*Performed reader's theater "The Hitchhiker" 


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

*Subject and Predicate Quiz

*"Wise Words" lesson using example text "Riding Freedom" by Pam Munoz Ryan

*"The Hitchhiker" radio play preview (literature book pg. 78) - chose parts for mini reader's theater tomorrow

*LRC book check out


Tuesday, 28 October 2014


*Subject/Predicate Review sheet - quiz tomorrow!

*Returned Ta-Na-E-Ka Writing assignments; students have the opportunity to revise for full credit by next Tuesday, 11/4. They must complete a retake sheet first.

*Notice and Note Literary Annotation: Wise Words introduction; to be continued


Monday, 27 October 2014

*Warm-Up: Halloween word game

*New root word: Aqua/Hydr = Water

*Subject/Predicate Test on Wednesday; we will do a thorough review in class tomorrow


Friday, 24 October 2014

*Idiom of the week: "On Pins and Needles"

*Hard to find subjects mini-quiz

**Notice and Note literary text annotations unit: Tough Questions (???): What does this question make me wonder? Example story: A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park


Thursday, 23 October 2014

*Ped/Pod acitivity

*Hard to find subject practice (broken down step by step); short mini-quiz tomorrow

*Practiced Notice and Note annotation strategies: Contrast & Contradictions and Aha Moments using "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

*Halloween Logic Puzzle

*Checked "Tricky Subjects" homework

*Hard to find subject and predicate partner work


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

*New root word: Ped/Pod = foot

**Notice and Note literary text annotations unit: Aha Moment (Aha): How might this change things? Example story: excerpts from Crash by Jerry Spinelli

*Homework: Tricky subjects worksheet due tomorrow


Monday, 20 October 2014

*Hard to find subject and predicate practice

*Conflict card categories: char vs. self, vs. society, vs. char, and vs. nature

*Read Ungifted aloud 


Friday, 17 October 2014

*Scholastic SCOPE article on childhood allergies with problem/solution focus; student responded to writing prompt on their personal experience with allergies

*Root Word Quiz



Thursday, 16 October 2014

*Helping verb practice

*Hard to find subjects introduction

*Root word quiz classmates study time; Quiz tomorrow! No retakes allowed due to end of quarter!


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

*Root word quiz study guide work time; Quiz Friday

*Helping verb introduction (check out the snazzy YouTube videos!)

*Notice and Note literary text annotations unit: Contrast and Contradictions (C & C): Why is the character acting that way? Example story: "Thank You Ma'm" by Langston Hughes

*LRC book check out


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

*Columbus's Death (from How they Croaked 2013 Caudill Nominee)

*Idiom of the week (last week): "Off the Wall"

*"Ta-Na-E-Ka" open book/note comprehension and vocabulary quiz

*Study guide and review given for sym/syn, bene/bon, mal root word quiz on Friday (download words above)


Friday, 10 October 2014

*Mal Crime-Writing Prompt

*Finished Ta-Na-E-Ka writing extended response - due Tuesday, must be color coded as follows:


Thesis/Claim: PURPLE


Text Evidence (Quote): BLUE


Explanation/Interpretation of Text Evidence: GREEN


Conclusion: Orange


Character traits: Pink

*In your first sentence, be sure to mention the title and author of the story. I will take off a point if you do not include those two important items



Thursday, 9 October 2014

*Rebecca Caudill Nominee Book Talks by OPL in LRC

*Began typing "Tanaeka" extended response in computer lab; due Tuesday!


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

*Mal activity: "Rest in Peace"

*Compound subjects and predicates application (class activity)

*"Ta-Na-E-Ka" extended response prompt: graphic organizer started in class, should be finished by tomorrow. Final draft will be due on Tues. 10/14. *Students should bring flash drives to class starting tomorrow!*


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

*Compound subject and predicate practice

*New root word: Mal = bad

*"All Summer" responses returned; it was only practice - the score does not count towards the grade, but has been recorded in eSchool. 

*Discussed "Ta-Na-E-Ka" conflict activity

*Ta-Na-E-Ka extended response writing prompt given to read for homework, will be explained in detail tomorrow. Guidelines available for download above. 


Monday, 6 October 2014

*Logic puzzle

*Compound subject and predicates

*Read "Ta-Na-E-Ka" pg. 135 in literature book

*Homework: Ta-na-e-ka conflict chart - students need to come up with 3 total conflicts (internal or external - not 3 for each) and label with type (char vs. char, etc.) due tomorrow!


Friday, 3 October 2014

*Bene/Bon activity

*Idiom of the week: "Bite off more than you can chew"

*Mini-quiz on subjects and predicates

*Checked and discussed "Ta-Na-E-Ka" vocabulary preview homework


Thursday, 2 October 2014

*Began read-aloud (and Rebecca Caudill Award nominee) Ungifted by Gordan Korman

*Conflict-coloring activity: focusing on character vs. self, vs. society, and vs. nature

*Distributed Assignment Record Sheets so students can keep a record of their assignments and corresponding scores; students should have this in folder at all times available for reference to evaluate learning progress

*Mini-Quiz on subjects and predicates tomorrow

*Homework: "Ta-Na-E-Ka" vocabulary preview due tomorrow!


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

*"For Goodness's Sake" bene/bon activity

*Checked and graded subject and predicate homework

*Continued "All Summer" extended response self-evaluation

*Conflict introduction and graphic organizer

*LRC for book check out/silent reading


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

*Subject/Predicate puzzle; homework: subjects and predicates w.s.(back of puzzle) due tomorrow

*New root word: Bene/Bon = Good

*"All Summer" self-assessment of extended response


Monday, 29 September 2014

*Writing journal prompt: What could you not live without (hyperbole)?

*Silly Subjects and Perky Predicates hands-on activity

*"All Summer" writing prompt revision; final draft (handwritten) due tomorrow


Friday, 26 September 2014

*Idiom of the week: "Hit the Roof"

*Sym/Syn Alien Encounter Pictures (students need to do 4 out of the 9 on the back of the sheet) due Monday!

*Subject/Predicate Practice

*4 Steps to answering an extended response question re: "All Summer" question - we will revise response on Monday in class


Thursday, 25 September 2014

*Analogies puzzle

*Subject and Predicate introduction and notes

*Margot and William character trait web created in class

*Homework: Answer question #3 on pg. 51 (From her behavior throughout the story, what do you predict Margot will say or do when she is let out of the closet?) in literature book about "All Summer in a Day." Write the answer in the writing section of your notebook; due tomorrow



Wednesday, 24 September 2014

*Logic puzzle (LA2) or Root word: Help Wanted activity (LA1,3)

*Preposition poster sharing (optional)

*Character traits discussion and creation of list divided into 3 categories: Positive, Negative, Neutral

*No Homework


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

*New root word: Sym/Syn = together

*Preposition poster work time; due tomorrow!


Monday, 22 September 2014 - Math MAP testing


Friday, 19 September 2014

*Figurative language pop quiz (open note!)

*"All Summer in a Day" plot diagram activity

*Preposition poster work time - due Wed. 9/23


Thursday, 18 September 2014

*Root word quiz: foli, manu, arch

*"All Summer" figurative language discussion, checked homework assignment

*Preposition Poster project introduced, partners assigned - tentative due date: Mon. 9/22


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

*Root word study time; quiz tomorrow

*Preposition practice

*Reread "All Summer" looking for 4 examples of figurative language to copy onto post-it notes - due tomorrow!

*LRC for book check out/silent reading


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

*Preposition practice

*Figurative Language Lesson: similes, metaphors, personification, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, alliteration

*Root word quiz Thurs!

*LRC for book check out/silent reading tomorrow


Monday, 15 September 2014

*Writing journal: outsiders

*Read "All Summer in a Day" and did questioning activity


*Root word study guide time; root word quiz Thursday!


Friday, 12 September 2014 (doing this day in advance since I will be out tomorrow!)

*Idiom of the day: "Hold Your Horses" and writing prompt

*Preposition practice pg. 12 in packet; pg 13-14 Ex. 1 & 2 are homework due Monday! 

*Root Word Quiz study guide sheets done in class; root word quiz on foli, manu, and arch will be next Thursday 9/18


Thursday, 11 September 2014

*September 11th remembrance and writing journal prompt

*Preposition practice pg. 9-11 done together in class

*"The Stone" open book comprehension quiz is homework, due tomorrow!


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

*Arch root word story

*Prepositions/Prepositional Phrases Intro.

*"The Stone" comic work time - final draft due tomorrow!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

*NWEA reading test

Monday, 8 September 2014

*New root word: arch= ruler

*Checked and reviewed "The Stone" plot diagram

*Comic Strip project assigned (see attached file at top of page); due Thursday!

*NWEA Reading test tomorrow!


Friday, 5 September 2014

*Manu root word activity

*Idiom of the week: "Miss the Boat"

*Plot diagram for "The Stone" - students need to complete for Monday if not finished in class


Thursday, 4 September 2014

*Four types of sentences worksheet

*Writing journal prompt: Would you like to stay the age you are now forever? Why or why not?

*"The Stone" vocabulary preview 

*Read "The Stone" in class

*Students who are participating in the 4WM assembly workshop tomorrow need to complete the plot diagram given to them for Monday

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

*4 Kinds of Sentences practice

*Manu activity

*"Just Once" open-book quiz - due tomorrow if not finished

*LRC book check out/silent reading time

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

*New root word: Manu = hands

*Checked 4 kinds of sentences homework

*"Just Once" plot diagram due tomorrow if not finished in class


Friday, 29 August 2014

*Idiom of the week: "Saved by the Bell"

*4 Types of Sentences activity

*Sentence practice; homework: "Head for the Woods" worksheet; due Tues.

*Read the story "Just Once" in literature book


Thursday, 28 August 2014

*Foli vocabulary activity

*Finished reading "Dragon Dragon"

*Completed plot diagram with partner on "Dragon Dragon"

*Finished types of sentences introduction

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

*Mad Libs

*Plot diagram for "Dogzilla" as a class

*Types of sentences (declarative, interrogative, imperative, exclamatory) introduction and notes

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

*New root word introduction: foli=leaf

*Elements of plot introduction: character, setting, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution

*Finished "Me Collage" presentations


Monday, 25 August 2014

*"Me Collage" work time

*Began presenting Me Collages; due tomorrow!

*Distributed literature textbooks - jumbo book cover needed!


Friday, 22 August 2014

*Idiom of the week introduction and writing prompt: "On the Ball"

*Me Collage work time; due Tues. 8/26

*Signed LA policies and procedure contract was due today; Goal writing prompt was due today

Thursday, 21 August 2014

*Goals writing prompt - due tomorrow if not finished in class

*Classroom scavenger hunt

*Me Collage introduction - we'll start work on it tomorrow; it'll be due Tuesday, 8/26

*Signed contracts due tomorrow


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

*LRC Orientation


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

*Word puzzle

*LA Policies and Procedures- signed contract due Friday 8/22

*Sentence completions and learning style questionnaire - if not finished in class, due tomorrow

Monday, 18 August 2014


*Tour of Room

*Letters from 6th graders past

*Classmate Scavenger Hunt

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